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Students rush to seventh period on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2023 to avoid being swept in a possible hall sweep.

WCHS’ controversial ‘Hall Sweep’ policy prompts student frustration and parent concerns

By Julia Levi and George Chang January 10, 2024

While the occasional reprimand from a security guard or disapproving glance from a teacher were the typical consequences for tardiness, WCHS is now introducing a new ramification: hallway sweeps. Starting...

Without doubt, college is expensive. This is why WCHS must offer students guidance on money-saving tactics such as scholarship opportunities.

Easy to get lost in the sea of scholarships: WCHS should spread financial aid opportunities

By Julia Levi, Observations Editor December 11, 2023

From August through November, WCHS seniors are on the grind. As college applications and extracurriculars replace downtime, the pressure remains to take challenging courses and maintain impressive grades. As...

Students prepared original Latin American country displays complete with informative posters, homemade food samples, and games for Noche Latina 2023 on Oct. 18, 2023.

WCHS salsas and celebrates at Noche Latina

By Julia Levi, Observations Editor November 13, 2023

Argentina. Uruguay. Bolivia. Honduras. The galore of colorful Latin American country displays went on and on as the smell of homemade cooking and sound of excited chatter filled the air. One of the most...

The eighth period yearbook class is seen brainstorming, compiling, and designing the pages that make up the fall spreads of the WCHS Finest Hours yearbook on Oct. 25, 2023.

Behind the lens: crafting high school memories with WCHS’ yearbook staff

By George Chang and Julia Levi October 26, 2023

It is the last week of school: senioritis cases are high, motivation for homework and assignments is low, and the WCHS yearbook is all around. Turning through the crisp pages of the new yearbook to find...

Complete with 12 songs, pop star Olivia Rodrigo released her highly anticipated second album, “Guts,” on Sep. 8, 2023.

Olivia Rodrigo’s new album is gut-wrenchingly good

By Julia Levi, Observations Editor October 18, 2023

Over nine billion Spotify streams. Three Grammys. One full year in the Billboard 200’s top 10. After the 2021 release of her unparalleled, award-winning debut album “Sour,” pop star Olivia Rodrigo...

The 11th Annual Drive-In at Union Market is finally back where movies will be shown on the first and third Friday of every month through July 21.

The hottest summer events in DC

By Julia Levi, Observations Editor June 8, 2023

As the days get longer and WCHS students begin their summer break, they can brighten up dull summer days with various activities located in the nation’s capital. From food tours to concerts, Washington...

Richard Montgomery High School student, Sami Saeed will serve as the Student Member of the Board (SMOB) for the 2023-24 school year.

Introducing Sami Saeed, MCPS’ next SMOB

By Julia Levi, Observations Editor June 8, 2023

Fed up with empty promises and a vast opportunity gap, recently elected MCPS Student Member of the Board (SMOB), Sami Saeed, is determined to ensure that all students feel heard and represented. After...

Election posters have been put up across WCHS hallways in recent weeks, as student government elections start at the end of the school year.

Class elections: Should students have a say?

By Isar Uslu, Assistant News Editor June 6, 2023

At the end of every school year comes arguably one of the most interactive school-wide events for students: student elections. Plastered across the school’s walls, dozens of posters advertise candidates,...

Located in the WCHS courtyard, the new playground is complete with a trampoline, jungle gym, several slides and a parkour obstacle course.

Recess returns at WCHS

By Julia Levi, Pro Lefty-ist May 20, 2023

Are you missing your childhood? Feeling nostalgic? Wishing you could feel like a kid again? Lucky for you, this might just be possible. After months of endless requests submitted to the main office, WCHS...

REWILD, Cabin John Villages newly opened indoor plant boutique, displays a variety of plants from orchids to umbrella trees.

Go “wild” for greenery at local plant shop

By Julia Levi, Assistant Observations Manager May 15, 2023

Rows of exotic plants, potted succulents and blooming orchids displayed galore. Plants hang from ceilings, sit on tiered shelves and the ground, appealing to all the senses. Tucked into Cabin John Village’s...

Mr. Swift proudly holds up his “Teacher of the Month” certificate. This is Swift’s third year at WCHS, where he teaches AP Computer Science Principles and Broadcast TV.

Teacher of the Month: William Swift

By Julia Levi, Assistant Observations Editor March 27, 2023

Doing everything from holding skiing world records and working for PBS to teaching high school students, calling Mr. William Swift well-rounded would be an understatement. Known for his bubbly and lively...

Counterfeit pills laced with Fentanyl can be difficult to distinguish from the authentic ones. These fake pills tend to be a light blue with M and 30 stampings.

Fentanyl: the silent killer of Montgomery Co.

By Julia Levi, Assistant Observations Editor March 23, 2023

The growing epidemic of teen opioid abuse seems to be relentless and never ending. Within the past few months fentanyl has been rapidly circulating throughout MCPS, with 70% of overdoses in the county...

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